Friday 28 October 2016

Brady to get all time he needs by Neil

Robbie Brady on the ground after being knocked out cold against Georgia. Pic: PA
Robbie Brady on the ground after being knocked out cold against Georgia. Pic: PA

In the wars with Ireland last week while on World Cup duty, Robbie Brady will have to wait before he can return to action with his club as Norwich City are prepared to give the Dubliner time to recover from his head injury.

Canaries boss Alex Neil, who will not call on Brady for today's game at home to Rotherham United, has revealed that Brady had gaps in his memory after suffering that head wound and subsequent concussion during Ireland's 1-0 win over Georgia in Dublin.

Medical protocols following concussion dictate that Brady won't be involved for his club for a while and City will welcome him back when ready, even though the Canaries face into a big weekend today, a second-placed City hoping they can get a win against Rotherham and that leaders Huddersfield drop points.

"Robbie's welfare is more important than us getting him ready for a game. There are rules in terms of concussion but it would be nine days [on Saturday] since he had done the injury. That is not our main concern. It is making sure Robbie is functioning okay," says Neil, who made contact with the injury-stricken Brady after the event in the Georgia match.

"The first thing I do is to send them a text so that when they are compos mentis to get in touch. It was a serious injury and so first and foremost I want to know he is okay.

"He got in touch with me as soon as he got to the hospital [in Dublin].

"He said he was okay, that he had a wee sore head.

"He got released that evening but it was late into the early hours because they had to run through a variety of tests.

"He is okay. The good thing is he remembers everything up until the head impact took place and then he can't remember anything until he got in the changing room. Sometimes it can be worse and you don't remember even starting the game," added Neil, who also had a concern over Timm Klose, in action for Switzerland in their win over Andorra.

"With Timm, he got a knock but nothing more. It is commonplace in each game you get a kick in that (ankle) area but he has come through completely fine.

"Regardless of them or any other players, you want to make sure they are okay, particularly Robbie, because that scenario goes beyond football for me. A kick to the ankle is about coming back fit but when you are out cold, then it is a different level," added Neil.

While Norwich can see a set return date for Brady, Championship rivals Newcastle United are no wiser on when they will see Daryl Murphy, who was forced to sit out the international double header due to injury and he will not be fit to join the Magpies squad for today's game with Brentford.

"Murphy is coming back and Jesus Gamez too, but they are still not ready," says Rafa Benitez.. "All you can do is keep fingers crossed and wait, and as soon as they come you give them what they need to recover."

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